Key Stage 2 sessions

Saxon man stood in front of the White Tower.

Tower power: the Norman conquest

Children explore the White Tower, examining its exterior, defences and symbolic power as the great 'Norman fist on Anglo-Saxon soil'.

Key Stage 2
Subject: History, English, Drama
Topics: Normans, Castles
Session Type: Route-based

Detail of the stained-glass in the west window showing a likeness of King Henry VIII in the Great Hall. The glass was installed in 1845 to the designs of Thomas Willement.

Royal responsibility: for king or country?

Children will hear about the momentous lives (and deaths!) of Henry VIII's wives as they visit sites around the Tower.

Key Stage 2
Subject: History, English, Drama
Topics: Tudors
Session Type: Route-based

'Arundel' inscription carved into the walls of the upper Beauchamp chamber by Philip Howard, Earl of Arundel, 1587.

Crime and punishment through the ages

Children will explore life as a prisoner at the Tower of London.

Key Stage 2
Subject: History, English, Drama
Topics: Crime and Punishment
Session Type: Route-based

A live interpreter in the role of King Henry VIII at Hampton Court Palace.

King beneath the armour

Children will handle Henry VIII's replica armour and discover more about the man behind the metal.

Key Stage 2
Subject: History, English
Topic: Tudors
Session Type: Exploring evidence, Classroom-based

The Bloody Tower lower chamber, looking north-east. 

The lower chamber reconstructed as Sir Walter Ralegh's Study. Furniture shown includes an oak inlaid writing slope (c1600). Leatherbound books, a jug and candlesticks and an inkpot and quill pen stand on the writing table. 

Ralegh was imprisoned in the Bloody Tower for 13 years for plotting against King James I. During his imprisonment, he wrote 'The History of the World', published in 1614.

Tales from the Tower

Explore the stories and experiences of prisoners throughout the ages from the Norman period to the 20th Century.

Key Stage 2
Subject: History
Topics: Normans, Medieval, Tudors and Stuarts
Session Type: Route-based

Illustration of Henry VIII at the Tower of London.

Discovering the Tudors

Explore what life was like in the reign of King Henry VIII by examining replica objects and clothing from the period.

Key Stage 2
Subject: History, English
Topics: Tudors
Session Type: Classroom-based

Exterior view of Tower turrets

Local stories: The Tower in wartime

Tommy Smith, a member of the Royal Fusiliers, is preparing for deployment and reflecting on his father’s experiences as a soldier in the First World War.

Key Stage 2
Subject: History, English
Topics: First World War, Second World War
Session Type: Classroom-based

Illustration of Sir Walter Raleigh's ship

Walter Raleigh: Explorer, poet, prisoner

Join us on a voyage back to 1616! Meet someone close to Sir Walter Raleigh and re-live his pioneering expeditions to the 'new world.'

Key Stage 2
Subject: History, English
Topics: Tudors, Elizabethans
Session Type: Classroom and route-based

Illustration of the Gunpowder Plot conspirators with their names above them.

Character Quest: The Gunpowder Plot Exposed

Take part in events that followed the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605!

Using role play and questioning, children will interrogate characters who played a key part in the story and help King James I gather the information he needs to bring the plotters to justice.

Key Stage 1 and 2
Subject: History, Drama
Topics: Stuarts
Session Type: Route-based

Digital Missions

Actor in costume as Medieval Lady-in-Waiting

The Lady's Royal Arrivals: Digital mission

Use technology to travel around the Medieval Palace getting everything ready for their arrival of King Edward and Queen Eleanor.

Key Stage 2
Subject: History
Topics: Medieval
Session Type: Digital mission

Actor dressed as Lady Arbella Seymour for Prisoner's Perilous Plot Digital Mission

The Prisoner's Perilous Plot: Digital mission

Use technology to explore the Tower of London and help William Seymour's loyal wife Arbella try to free him from his prison.

Key Stage 2
Subject: History
Topics: Tudors, Crime and Punishment
Session Type: Digital mission